We visited Angel’s Envy, Woodford Reserve and Old Forester a few years ago and would recommend all of them - probably in the order listed. I targeted Angel’s Envy and they recommended Woodford who in turn recommended Old Forester (both at our prompting).
This is more advanced than I’d have thought and compared to 18 year old bottles of Corison. Cork was really crumbly - might have something to do with it. Nonetheless this is good stuff. Nice tertiary notes.
@rjquillin different lot than the one we split.
The beef was good. Quite comparable, IMO. But we inadvertently also tested the searing station on the new grill. This meat is too rich for it - too much incinerated fat that made less than ideal smoke.
Okay I have the 15/17 and 18 and I paid $110 for them so 3 would equal $82.50 I will forget about the tax So you got a bottle that is worth around $82.50 or maybe 2 at the most that i might be interested in?
Yes, sir. Robert brings in some interesting stuff. Both were bone dry. Cellar temp at 55F. Very tight on opening. Lots of minerality with both. Goldtropfchen was salty, bitter finish and the other was something else, maybe a little more herbal minerality. Both picked up lemon, pear, and a little grapefruit as they opened. Better as the evening progressed. I flip flopped on which I enjoyed more. I imagine these have a long life and will blossom with time. The Donnhoff was delicious. I’ve found the 2021 Kabs have some delightful acidity in terrific balance with the fruit. It’s going to be hard not to drink these early.
With fish and chips, the one great discovery we made on our trip to Sonoma/Napa. Yes it’s too lung but I wanted to make sure it was great at home and not because of the beautiful tasting room/surroundings enough fonts on the label to make you dizzy tho
@hscottk@rjquillin I thought it was somewhere in the southeast, like TN. I don’t know if she’s making any more wine, but the website is still up. I’d happily take more at BD/WS/WD pricing. Especially the Bourriquot.
@hscottk@rjquillin@ScottW58 Exactly. Not sure if she’s going to continue making anything else. I suspect dealing with the insurance may be a first step. And given how long I’ve been arguing with mine over a measly (to them) $1500 I can only imagine the argument she’s having…
Last night we opened a bottle that’s been languishing on the wine rack in the living room of the country place for the last few years – 2013 Clayhouse Adobe White blend, a 2017 purchase from w.woot. I remember not liking it that much at the time, but it was pretty nice! And, we didn’t have any other white wine! In the discussion at the time, the winery rep said it was “an aromatic, crisp white wine with a light to medium body”, and I’d have to say it still met that description. Turned out to be pretty enjoyable.
Tonight, NV Dibon Brut Rose Cava. Lovely bubbles, an easy drinker, not much flavor though.
The 2021 are fantastic and I’m having a hard time keeping my hands off. The Klamm was lovely; pear, peach, great acidity. Drank over two days and was great both days. I enjoyed the oberhauser leistenberg just a touch more than the NK, but they are both very enjoyable and should develop further.
The Tonschiefer was austere when first opened. Bone dry, closed, and just not a lot going on. I capped it, put back in the fridge, let it rest. Day 3 it was singing. Juicy!, definitely slate, nose of lemon and lime, great acidity, crisp. I’m tucking the rest away for a few years.
@rjquillin if they’re here then they’re buried in your locker. I doubt it’s a wine problem - this was clearly a cork issue since it leaked all the way up the side. I’ve never had that problem with Harvest Moon before, so I don’t think you need to worry.
The Cabot was great, as always. No need to rush but no need to wait, either.
What a great idea for a tasting! Love the Grace wines Shake Ridge and Beeson vineyards best, would love to know how the Keplinger is, I have been meaning to buy some but never got around to it for some reason?
The 2015 D&R and 2014 Keplinger were my favorites. Well integrated, not fruit bombs, filled the mouth with lush, if that makes sense. It’s the only keplinger I’ve tried and it was lovely. There were 6 of us, but interestingly none were able to find a common taste thread among the wines.
We had a great time. Every Wednesday evening should be this fun.
At the end of the evening I was volunteered to plan for the future tastings. Any suggestions on a theme that you’ve enjoyed?
Two of my favorite tastings that we have done is 10 year retrospective so 2022 all wines 2012 or all wines from one producer, both can be helped by other people bringing like minded wines. Are you close to so cal? We could do some real damage seeing how you seem to like similar wines
Great ideas. Keep them coming.
In St Louis so not close, but I can travel. I’ve never been to Napa wineries as I missed out on the rpm tours with scheduling conflicts. hoping that starts back up and I make it out. The falltacular last weekend would have been great but Larry’s nephews wedding killed it. We both would have preferred OC.
Our smaller group mid-week happy hour tastings (4p-6p) were my idea since we all usually have a lot of fun sharing a glass and 2 hours after work is not a big commitment. We meet at domaine in the lounge as several of us are clients. Our smaller group is varied with our ‘favorites’ but all still have a wide range we enjoy and have in our cellars. We have a French wine guy, a Riesling lover, an old Cali guy, Oregon lover, a deep/broad guy, and myself the champagne enthusiast. We all contributed to the Shake Ridge tasting with at least one bottle of what we already owned. The wine age was probably the biggest issue as that went from 2014 to 2019. I think most of our cellars go deep, but not in the same areas. I did throw out the possibility of each of us having a cellar tasting so pick 10 and this is your week, but I also like the idea of alternating with themes since we all like bringing something to share. Sometimes it’s a bottle that the owner has stored but yet to try so it’s a new experience all around. That actually might be a good theme. My preference is for folks to pull vs purchase. Grab a bottle from the collection and spend a few hours with friends. We all already have way too much wine and with shipping season in full force, the cellars runneth over.